Barely a week ago Joe Biden told us that under no circumstance would the abandonment of Afghanistan look anything like that of South Vietnam nearly half-a-century ago. Yet in ways it was even worse. Where most South Vietnamese had relatively little or no direct experience with the North Vietnamese before we abandoned them, Afghans knew firsthand what awaited them at the hands of the Taliban. Joe said there would be no scenes of people hanging onto helicopters lifting off from the US embassy. He was right. What we saw was people hanging onto jets taking off, then falling off in midair.
Lloyd Austin and Mark Milley have pushed far beyond wishy-washiness in their sickening treason. Only at their behest could our people sneak off from Bagram, turning off the lights in the middle of the night, and not even telling the incoming Afghan commander. The sham withdrawal now stands revealed as a setup to provide the Taliban the most modern equipment out there. Austin and Milley shame all of us who have worn the uniform of an American fighting man.
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Joe Biden shames America. A favorite Obama phrase comes to mind: This isn’t who we are. Making excuses and blaming everyone else isn’t America. Selling out people who actively helped us, knowing they now face torture and execution for siding with us, has become the telltale of American “commitment.” It IS Joe Biden, and Nancy Pelosi, and Chuck Schumer, and AOC, and apparently all of Congress, and SCOTUS, and the Entire Executive branch and the Deep State – and their cutthroat allies all over the world. These people, along with European allies such as Angela Merkel et al, shame Western civilization.
Considering the Afghanistan development, we harken back to all the scorned comments about New Americans, the illegal immigrants intended to replace you and me as we trundle off to FEMA camps. These New Americans will fill the elites’ need for cheap labor, or cheap subjects for medicine trials. No problem if pandemics or wars take off a third, or half, or more; there’s plenty lined up where they came from, still drawn by the magic of the America of bygone days where dreams could be made real by honest, God-fearing, hard-working men and women. How many years will it take before the truth filters down to the aspiring in other lands, that America was Trojan Horsed by its own leadership?
The idea of America, the millennia-long effort of Western civilization to improve the human condition is over.
By Jack Rail
Jack Rail is a retired Army officer who writes mostly when something gets his goat.